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Soft Disclosure in new X-FILES, Season 10 – EOTM REVIEW, well Kind of…

New X Files - Season 10 - Image credit: FOX

By Regis Yates

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A friend called me a couple days ago and said that I should watch the 1st episode of Season 10, of The X-Files. I was told it seemed to border around soft alien disclosure. So of course, I viewed it. Considering I follow things dubbed conspiracies. If I had to surmise in one word it would be ‘jarring.’ Written and directed by Chris Carter, the episode encapsulates much of what made The X-Files such a hit back in the ’90s. Carter was sending us all a message, to all those with an ear to hear.

The most fascinating part in my opinion was everything outlined in this episode had already happened in this reality! It’s not unusual in TV, yes I know. It seems they dream it up and things just magically happen.

A point to keep in hindsight, if there is anything to this… some of y’all may need to get off the sofa, put down the remote and start taking control of y-our lives.

But how, Carla?

You probably shouldn’t have asked me that. Now, I’m on a roll! (blink blink blink)

1st step per your boy Carter:

Wake up and realize the evils we see today are initiated and put in place to create problem, reaction, solution scenarios… which are meant to distract, enrage and enslave us in our very own homes with tools like the Patriot Act, The National Defense Authorization Act, which abridged the Constitution in the name of national security. The militarization of police forces in cities around the world. The building of prison camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with no stated purpose. The corporate take over of food, agriculture, land, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, our very own military in clandestine agendas to filter, dull, sicken and control a populace already consumed by consumerism. The great United States of America encourages us all to shop more even when many of us are barely making it to our next pay check…and we do just that…shop.

What the hell am I talking about?! This is suppose to be a review, right? Oh yeah, it is. It was a good show. I’m watching it again, as I type. Everything I’ve written so far is pretty much how the program went. Yes, they got good and dirty with conspiracy theories. But if its happening, is it still a conspiracy? (blink blink)

Let’s continue.

They police us and spy on us and tell us it makes us safer….

A government that taps your phone, collects your data and monitors your whereabouts with impunity. A government preparing to use that data against you when it strikes and the final take over of America. A well oiled and well armed multinational group of elites that will cull, kill and subjugate happenings as we sit here and allow it to happen all around us.

The other shoe waiting to drop.

More chaos is coming and you best behold cause it will probably happen on a Friday. Black Friday.

Possible Scenario:

The banks will announce a security action necessitating their computers to go offline all weekend. BEWARE. Digital money will disappear. Yes, my friend, they can and will steal your money. This followed by the detonation of strategic electromagnetic pulse bombs knocking out all major grids. What will seem like an attack on America by terrorists or Russia or even a simulated alien invasion using alien replica vehicles that exist and are already in use! What? Yes, you got it Sherlock. An alien invasion of the US. The Russians may have been the ones to try in in 1947.

Does this sound like a warning to you?

What in the hell am I sipping on you wondering? Nothing, nothing at all. This is what the show outlined fool!! (just kidding about callin y’all fools, just playing)

Now I realize some may consider what I’m sharing is nothing more than fear mongering. Spreading paranoia dubbed by mainstream media as bogus, dangerous and so very stupid! I beg to differ. Seriously, I beg to differ, fool! Am I being irresponsible? No! It would be irresponsible and selfish if I did not write about it. But why? Everything I just shared was aired in the very episode of X Files I’m writing about! Most of this is verbatim!

You should be aware of what is happening just in case it happens. This is not behind the scenes type of stuff, this is right in our faces! And the joke is on us…on you, fool. Lol…seriously, just kidding.

Other hot topic conspiracies that were highlighted in this episode of X Files:

  • 9-11 was a false flag
  • Alien reproduction Vehicles (RV’s)
  • Free energy
  • Surveillance programs
  • the 1940s but it’s been covered up
  • Clips of Obama on Jimmy Kimmel not denying the existence of UFO’s (When Obama visited Kimmel in 2015 he denied an alien cover-up)
  • Genetic manipulation and combining human DNA with alien DNA
  • Alien abductions are not really “alien,” but rather by a secret shadow government (Many whistleblowers have come out in recent years affirming this to be true)

Yep, a lot happened in the 44 minutes of the program that begs the question…. What is truth? Who can you trust and where the hell as Mulder been for 8 years?! Oh yeah, Cali-For-ni-cating.

Hey folks, I’m trying something different here, with this quirky blog…it seems no one really takes me seriously when I write about this sort of stuff…maybe in the humor… one or two of you will see the light.

What did you think of the episode? Share with us below in the comments.

THE X-FILES (2016) Official SEASON #10 Full Trailer

Modern Day “Walking Dead” Zombies & its Connection with Esoteric Symbolism

By TruthinMedia

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Music is a spiritual thing of its own. You can hypnotize people with music, and when you get them at their weakest point you can preach into their subconscious whatever you want to say.” — Jimi Hendrix

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Perhaps you realize that you are a victim of information control. To expound, YOU are being MIND Controlled…which is sometimes loosely defined as information control. Considering this being one of many accepted ways to define the term, it should immediately raise questions of wariness towards your news sources. By reason of what we think… is based on what we learn, manipulation of a mind, or a nation of minds, can be accomplished through control of the mainstream as well as alternative news.

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Moreover, in light of the times we are living in… the inhabitants of earth, our universal family as a collective… should seriously take a closer look at his/her spiritual walk.

Walking Dead Zombies: World Order News 411 - Image credit: Telltale Games

We should be living our REAL lives. Unfortunately, many seem to be caught up in the daily hustle and bustle of it all.

Whether you choose to accept these tidbits or not, it has been scientifically proven that thousands of years ago a facilitating network was formed to” monopolize the writing, publication, reviewing and distribution of all literature more effectively to control minds.” – America’s Subversion The Enemy Within: chapter 1 see also: Rewriting U.S. History

It doesn’t matter what you think about consciousness; higher truths, science, religion or parallel dimensions, it’s what YOU choose to experience and who YOU are that counts. Planes of existence beyond this world exist, there are higher beings, heavens and demons. Wake up family, we have been hijacked and dumbed-down to facilitate elitists agenda.! The social engineering of politics, religion, social media, Hollywood films, gluttony of sex, genetically modified food, drugs & rock-in roll… is what we all have succumbed to.

Moreover, today, November 17, 2015 — it’s uncomfortable to ascertain how many people have less inclination towards serious universal issues, and are more willing for others to take control over their lives. Yes, to even THINK and assert control of their souls because  it is the EASIEST route…?? Is it reasonable to gather that a large number of individuals are predisposed to being manipulated by the powers that be?

What is the old adage….?

“Follow the herd and accept what you have been taught without questioning.” (Zombie: The term comes from Haitian folklore where a zombie is a dead body animated by magic. Modern depictions of zombies do not necessarily involve magic but invoke other methods such as viruses.)

For others, well we realize that if you look for knowledge far enough you’ll discover a maze of secrets and enlightenment that will put you on the path of true discernment. Understanding your true purpose. Discernment starts with symbols and is closely related to the language of the astral plane and the stars. Continue searching and you’ll  learn much more of what life and the universe is about. Notably, you’ll also start noticing how universal esoteric symbols are everywhere in society. They are in movies,  logo’s of corporations, ancient art, music videos, public buildings, religions, geography, they’re all over the place.

So why isn’t everyone familiar with them? Why is it that mostly people and institutions at the elevated end of society seem to use these symbols? Something to seriously ponder, eh?

SEE ALSO: Expansion of Consciousness with Sevan Bomar – Secret Energy

Lastly, the study of the esoteric goes hand-in-hand with progress on the transforming spiritual path, with each degree of initiation earned, a degree of wisdom is earned. This wisdom is only open to those who meet the required standards. Wisdom requires preparation – preparing oneself to meet the standards required for it and to study the esoteric one must learn how to study for it. A true student prepares themselves to receive wisdom. A teacher imparts wisdom to those who are prepared for it and understands how to impart it. An esoteric school is a repository of wisdom, not only of knowledge. And a true seeker of wisdom is not a passive smiling bystander but a revolutionary warrior of light.

SEE ALSO:Symbols And Their Meanings

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Lea Michele is set to star in Fox’s upcoming comedy-horror anthology, ‘Scream Queens’

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 17th, 2015 - in Breaking News, Entertainment News, Pop Culture, TV

By Tanya Blake

The upcoming anthology, from Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, will premiere in autumn 2015. The first season will consist of 15 hour long episodes with the plot centering on a series of murders on a college campus, according to Billboard.

Lea MicheleLea Michele will be joined by Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies), Joe Manganiello (True Blood), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee). Ariana Grande has a recurring role on the show, returning to television since her last appearance in Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat in 2014.

Scream Queens will see Murphy reunited with a number of actors and crew members who have previously worked on his other projects including Glee and American Horror Story. Michelle, who starred in Murphy’s Glee, is currently filming the final season and Scream Queens will be her first role after the hit musical-comedy series. Murphy has also previously worked with Roberts on American Horror Story‘s third and fourth seasons. Scream Queens will also see Glee and American Horror Story co-creator and producer Brad Falchuk and Glee producer Ian Brennan.

The casting announcement was made by Fox on Saturday (17th January) at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. Fox also announced the cast members for its upcoming musical Grease: Live. Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars) and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) will star as Sandy and Rizzo, according to Variety.

Scream Queens is expected to air later this year and Grease: Live in January 2016

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Is Bill Cosby still an exemplar of the “Black” American family ideal in which we should all still aspire to?

By Carla B.

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Since the reawakening of conversation about the rape allegations against Bill Cosby, I have been thinking about what it means to honestly hold men, specifically successful black men, accountable for the diverse forms of violence they inflict on women. As I scour the web reading vicious comments about the courageous women that have come forward, I am dismayed at the out-lash against them. Why does society continue to blame us for these types of assaults, especially when it is against the successful, the powerful?

Bill Cosby - Image credit: AP

The Huxtables were like royalty to many of us back in the 80′s. They were what we all aspired to be like when we grew up and had families of our own. We are not a society given to slaying our patriarchs, even when they have proved over and over again that they are unworthy of our devotion. I get it. But what does it mean… that while these men played progressive, loving family men on television, they allegedly raped and victimized women in their personal lives. Wolves, masquerading as proverbial sheep. How do we get passed this? How will the victims get through this, their families?  I can only pray, and wish them strength and steadfastness.

Sadly, one by one, women are stepping up to say that Cosby lured them in with the promise of advancing their careers and then took advantage of them. Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest to come forward, telling Vanity Fair that Cosby drugged her after luring her to his house under the pretense of “reading lines” for a part on The Cosby Show.

When these allegations first surfaced, who among us wanted to believe that Mr. Jello Pudding was anything other than the iconic father figure we grew up with? We walked the line between not dismissing a woman’s claim of rape and not wanting to tarnish our image of Mr. Cosby.

SEE ALSO: Hugh Hefner on Bill Cosby Rape Allegations: “I would never tolerate this. It’s truly saddening.”

Notably, since these claims against Cosby have surfaced, few have run to Cosby’s defense. After P.J. Masten, a former Playboy bunny, came forward and said she had been raped and drugged by Cosby, Hugh Hefner released a statement saying Cosby was a good friend and that the thought of these allegations is “truly saddening.”

His colleague Debbie Allen told the Today Show that the allegations were “hard to believe,” and that Cosby had given society a great gift with his show. “Cosby gave us one of the greatest shows in history and redefined the perception of black people all over the world.”

Raven-Symoné, who played Olivia on The Cosby Show, asserted through social media that Cosby never took advantage of her.

Lisa Bonet, who played Cosby’s daughter, hasn’t said a word about the allegations. Outside of a fake tweet in Bonet’s name that referenced “karma” and how “nothing stays in the dark forever,” Bonet has kept silent on the allegations. When her rep denied that the Twitter account belonged to Bonet, it seemed like a perfect opportunity for Bonet to express her opinion on the topic. No such expression has been forthcoming.

Perhaps most damning of all is the silence of Cosby’s on-screen wife, Phylicia Rashad. As someone who worked closely with Cosby for years, don’t you think she’d be one of the first people to jump to his defense?

As Roseanne Barr tweeted, “He knew the score and understood the game.” Maybe costars were aware on some level of what Cosby was doing behind the scenes and accepted it as part of the disgusting and notorious Hollywood couch scene.

Even Cosby’s wife of 50 years, Dr. Camille Cosby, has been closed-mouthed in the face of these allegations. So why are those closest to Cosby not saying anything? Don’t you think after his long-running career, he’d be able to make a few phone calls and ask a few high-profile friends to speak out on his behalf? Where is the outrage and shouts of denial by those closest to Cosby?

SEE ALSO: Barbara Bowman, Michelle Hurd, Beverly Johnson, Janice Dickinson…- Cosby’s Accusers To Date...

Wendy Williams recently discussed how Cosby attempted to get her fired for mentioning allegations of sexual misconduct on her radio program in the ’90s.

Interestingly, Jill Scott has come forward in defense of Cosby tweeting that the ‘media/society is attempting to destroy his magnificent legacy.’

Frankly, I think it is high time that these violent crimes begin to cost powerful men like Cosby something. And that might mean that it has to cost those of us who love them something as well.

I recognize Bill Cosby as a comedic genius, and black people — with good reason — don’t throw away our geniuses. Even when they beat and rape and kill women and abuse children. Far too often, racism becomes an excuse for us not to confront sexism. And internalized misogyny and victim-blaming keep Americans from ostracizing the Woody Allens and Charlie Sheens of the world.

Since 2004, in his infamous “Pound Cake” speech at Howard University, Bill Cosby has gone around the country lecturing to poor black people about our failure to uphold our end of “the bargain.” A Faustian bargain, if ever there was one, the idea that being respectable citizens, with “good” families, would pave the path to freedom has proved to be simply untrue.

Meanwhile, Cosby has lived a lie. He has asked us to invest not only in the lie of his own life, but in the larger lies of black respectability and patriarchy. His own crimes demonstrate in black-and-white the diseased, misogynistic, violent thinking at the heart of patriarchy. And as much as I might love “The Cosby Show,” we should perhaps consider it “fruit of the poisonous tree.”

These accusations has to matter. And it cannot matter simply in terms of criminal justice. This is a question about where our emotional and affective and representational investments lie. Bill Cosby broke a trust with America, and in particular, with black America, if he became just one more (black) man, who aspired to patriarchy on the broken, bruised bodies of women. Our knowledge of these alleged crimes demands we do something, and demands not simply a rhetorical denunciation of him while we continue to laugh absentmindedly at “Cosby Show” reruns.

The TLC Channel comes out with new show called ‘All About Sex’

Published by EOTM News Editor on December 13th, 2014 - in Breaking News, Entertainment News, Pop Culture, TV

By Dorothy Frazier

The TLC channel is launching its first late-night talk show next month, one with an eye-catching title.

May 10, 2014. Margaret Cho arrives at The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center's Annual "An Evening With Women,' at The Beverly Hilton in California. (The Associated Press)

TLC said Friday that the Saturday night show, “All About Sex,” will include rotating segments such as the week’s “craziest” sex-related news. The talk show also will give viewers a chance to ask questions about their relationship challenges.

“All About Sex” will be co-hosted by comedian Margaret Cho; writer Heather McDonald; actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, and sex and relationship expert Tiffanie Davis Henry.

TLC has ordered six half-hour episodes of “All About Sex,” which debuts 11 p.m. EST Jan. 10. It will be paired with the channel’s like-minded “Sex Sent Me to the ER,” which chronicles sex-related injuries.

News Source: FOX

Ashanti And Kim Coates Star in Syfy’s MUTANT WORLD Tonight

Published by EOTM News Editor on November 8th, 2014 - in Celebrity News, Entertainment News, Pop Culture, TV

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A group of survivalists – led by Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy) and Holly Deveaux (Hannibal) – emerge from their bunkers 10 years after an apocalyptic meteor strike, only to discover the world is overrun with crazed mutants, in the new Syfy Original Movie Mutant World, premiering tonight, November 8 at 9PM (ET/PT).

Ashanti, Kim Coates & More Star in Syfy's MUTANT WORLD Tonight

Trying to survive through the terrible nights, they meet a mysterious traveler – singer Ashanti (song Foolish) – who claims a safe HAVEN exists, but to reach it they first have to prepare for all-out war.

Mutant World is a production of Nomadic Pictures (Fargo, Hell on Wheels, Broken Trail) and is executive produced by Chad Oakes and Mike Frislev, who founded Nomadic Pictures in 1995. As co-chairmen of Nomadic, they have produced, financed and/or co-financed over fifty-seven film and television projects.

Kim Coates

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic Science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.(Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

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Walking Dead: Dissecting “Slabtown,” The 4th Episode Of The 5th Season

By Tanya Blake

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Dissecting “Slabtown,” the fourth episode of the fifth season

Lenika Cruz and David Sims discuss the latest episode of The Walking Dead.

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Cruz: Tonight’s episode “Slabtown” opened with a sound and face foreign to The Walking Dead’s season thus far—the ticking of a clock and … Beth Greene (Emily Kinney)! While Maggie’s younger sister has a reputation for little other than her (lovely, if inappropriately timed) singing, it was a relief to see Beth again for the first time since her bizarre kidnapping back in season four. Much like Rick at the start of the series, she found herself patched up in a quiet, unassuming hospital only to quickly realize the horrors outside her door. Her strange new companions—the slightly robotic leader Officer Dawn Lerner and Portlandia extra/hipster dad Dr. Steven Edwards—told Beth she had been rescued from “rotters” and must now repay the group’s charity by working at the hospital.

With this new setting, the show again offers a variation on a familiar but fascinating theme: Collectives can offer safety, but only from the outside world. With the hospital group come more concrete forms of order, however tenuous—menacing clocks; uniformed police officers; a strict code of fairness; rules about cleanliness; a miniature economy of goods and services; and a post-apocalyptic indentured servitude system. Despite the fact that Beth has never had to carry an entire episode on her own, I found “Slabtown” immensely engrossing (her new friend Noah helped) and found myself fully allied with Beth and admiring her toughness. David, how did you feel about watching Beth navigate a creepy hospital for 45 minutes?

Sims: I really enjoyed “Slabtown,” particularly as a more low-key respite from the intense battle with Terminus that led off the season. The creeping, banal evil of the hospital community was a nice counter to the immediate horror of the people-eaters, and Beth (who’s always been a bit of a blank slate, like you said) was a surprisingly fresh pair of eyes to take it in through. I can’t say I missed her, exactly, but she’s saddled with less story baggage and served as a nice, sympathetic lead. I like Beth now! I’m really turning the corner on a lot of Walking Dead characters I never really cared for before. I can’t wait to see her team up with Carol, the other object of Daryl’s affection.

So Beth is in this secure hospital community, and we pretty much immediately realize that something very nasty is afoot. Again, I’m very happy with how smoothly this season is progressing—there’s less audience hand-holding, less expectation that we need to build the case against new villains slowly. The hospital survives on a strict system of cost-efficiency, concerning both supplies and the people administering them. If you can offer the community something, then you’re valuable. But the weaker or more troublesome you get, the more expendable you are.

It’s a subtler take on the same behavior we witnessed at Terminus. There, when humans arrived they were just knocked out and slaughtered to serve as meat. Here, they can survive if they offer some skill, but the same depersonalization applies. Everyone’s just being boiled down into commodities, and there’s a leader at the top who benefits maybe a little too much. That’s Dawn Lerner, played very effectively by Christine Woods, I thought. She projects a steeliness that one might want in a leader, but there’s a fragility to her tenuous system of survival that she’s obviously trying to cover, from the first time she meets Beth.

I’m with you on Noah, for sure. Along with his great work in Dear White People, Tyler James Williams might be having a bit of a moment. His first scene felt a little too clean, as he voiced all the concerns we might have about the hospital from a first impression. But I was happy to see him get out of there so we can hopefully see him again. Just to throw some speculation around—is he the person emerging from the woods with Daryl last week? I had figured it was Carol, but Carol showed up in the hospital at the end of this episode. Maybe Noah can serve as the link between the two storylines? More Noah, please!

Cruz: Since the chronology is a little muddy, I think it’s entirely feasible to imagine that Noah somehow met up with Daryl and will join the church group. That said, Daryl is hardly the most trusting character, so I wonder how Noah would have convinced Daryl to take him in. Daryl may find it suspicious that Noah managed to escape with a bum leg, and while I don’t think Noah had planned to use and ditch Beth, the whole story has a bit of a Shane and Otis feel to it.

Speaking of Beth and Noah’s escape, I found the whole sequence gripping, starting from the moment Beth walked into Dawn’s office to look for the key. Aside from muttering under my breath, “Come on, hurry up!” I thought Beth’s escape was perfectly calculated—the way she eyed Joan’s twitching corpse and coldly tolerated rapist lollipop cop’s advances before smashing him over the head and leaving him to die. The 15-second shot of her face when she encountered Dawn in the hallway was among the most tense moments of the episode for me. The show barely gave viewers time to process the developments from the elevator shaft onward. How are the pair going to get out? What about the rotters? Will Noah’s leg get him killed? How did Beth manage to make those perfect headshots in the dark? How did Noah get away?

Going back to this notion of the dystopic economy, the hospital group’s strict regulation of skills, necessities, and services feels tyrannical, even when the intentions behind it appear reasonable. Dawn emphasized that “every sacrifice we make has to be for the greater good,” but this utilitarian thinking means that people’s lives are contingent on their value to the group, as you noted, David. And the implications can be dire: Officer Gorman’s sexual preying is overlooked because he helps out with security, Joan gets her arm amputated against her will, and Dr. Edwards kills an old physician friend because he’s worried he’ll be replaced. I’m interested to see how this thinking plays out now that Carol has joined the mix—she’s certainly no stranger to making tough and morally complicated calls when it comes to protecting the group. Will she fit in? Or will she instead refine her own moral code when faced with those same values in a group she’s not emotionally invested in and thus has some critical distance from?

Sims: Oh man, thanks for reminding me of that amputation scene; I did not expect to be so shaken up by all that piano wire. I often think I’m inured to the gore on The Walking Dead, and then something new happens that makes me yelp with surprise and cover my eyes. And good point regarding Carol: Especially as she’s become hardened over the seasons, I wonder if she’ll have the instant reaction of disgust Beth had to the hospital, or something more complicated. The show certainly spent a lot more time setting up the rules of the hospital than it did at Terminus, so I expect to have it around for a few episodes at the very least; still, a part of me hopes Carol is instantly set on burning it down as she did with Terminus.

I’m going to bet that Noah will come back; Tyler James Williams isn’t a huge actor but he’s good enough that I imagine they cast him for more than one episode). Daryl is certainly not going to let Carol go quietly, so things should come to a head soon enough. But there’s enough to wrestle with at the hospital, so I wouldn’t mind sticking around for a little while. That’s high praise for me and The Walking Dead—usually each new location fills me with dread as I expect the plot to get bogged down in tedious detail and suspense. Not so much with season five so far; maybe they’ve finally learned all the lessons of The Governor. The mission of the hospital has some real ambiguity invested in it, and “Slabtown” did a surprisingly subtle job getting it all across while remaining overtly creepy.

‘Scandal’ Returns For It’s 4th Season!

Published by EOTM News Editor on September 25th, 2014 - in Celebrity News, Entertainment News, TV, TV Series

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Scandal returns tonight for its fourth season, and if you’re a Scandal fan, you knew this before we even told you. You’re ready to live-tweet tonight, and you have your neckbrace ready for when the twists start a-turnin’ and you get whiplash. If nothing else, it promises to be one hell of a ride with Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) & Associates. [Spoilers from here on out.]

But is it contradictory to the very nature of Scandal to want it to be a bit less of a ride? Sure, the show’s built on the very WTF factor that’s come to define it, but last season proved a bit too much for some to take – myself included. I was out when Maya Pope started chewing her own wrists and Huck started torturing Quinn. There’s WTF, and then there’s “what show am I watching?” There’s soap opera, and then there’s torture porn. There’s a wild ride, and then there’s a histrionic mess.

It’s basically impossible to predict where the show will go. We know that at the end of last season, Olivia had declared herself the true scandal and got on a plane with Jake to fly far, far away (as her father wanted her to do in the third season premiere). But we can hope for what approach creator Shonda Rhimes and her team will take this season. So in honor of the show’s fourth season, we’ve come up with four hopes for what this new batch of episodes will look like.

1. Less Olitz, more Olivia. Due in large part to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy, Olivia as a character had much less to do. When she was around, she was mostly shouting back and forth with Fitz about how much they owned each other but couldn’t have each other and Vermont and jam. Or she was shouting at her father about B613 and the Republic and her mother and Fitz. Basically, we got a lot of Olivia Shouting With and About Men. Let’s scale that back a bit.

There’s been some great stuff that’s come out of Olivia’s more fraught relationships, particularly with her father. Joe Morton is incredible as Rowan Pope, and his “twice as good” monologue from the beginning of last season was a high water mark for the show in how it presents race. But unfortunately, having nothing but the shouting diluted it a bit. Putting Olivia back at the forefront – as Rhimes has already said she’s doing – is smart. But let her be smart, too. Let her be in control of the situation. Focused fixer Olivia is enjoyable and exciting. Wounded and floundering Olivia, though temporarily interesting, just isn’t enough to sustain the show.

2. Focus on cases of the week. Both Scandal and Revenge seemed to become a bit procedural-phobic after their first few episodes. The case-of-the-week format, once one of the cornerstones of Scandal‘s first and early second seasons, was virtually abandoned last year. The show has forgotten said structure before – most notably during season two’s “Defiance” arc – but there’s no shame in returning to it this season. The Good Wife, in even its most serial moments, has never forgotten the cases-of-the-week. That’s truly to its benefit, and it could be to Scandal‘s once again as well.

3. Streamline the plot arcs. Speaking of “Defiance,” Rhimes and her team would do well to study their own work. Whereas “Defiance” was an insane thrill ride, all the elements were pretty easy to keep straight. The show didn’t insult you by constantly reminding you of plot points, but everything was fairly linear and comprehensible. Contrast that with the “Albatross” arc in the second half of the second season.

You can see the clear differences in how the two were planned just from watching the episodes. “Defiance” knew where it was going from start to finish. “Albatross” felt messy from the word go. That’s not even getting into last season’s arcs, which were borderline incoherent at times. If season four is to be successful, it has to keep things sensical. We expect high-flying drama from Scandal, but if there’s nothing to hold on to, there’s nothing worth investing in.

4. Tighten focus on the main cast. Here are some characters who got major plot time last season: Charlie, Rowan Pope, Maya Pope, Sally Langston, James Novak. All good characters played by good-to-great actors, not a one in the actual main cast of the show. Now, plenty of main cast characters did get good screentime, particularly Mellie, Huck, Quinn, and (unfortunately) Harrison. But I’ve now listed nine characters who got a relatively high level of focus last season. If this were an ensemble show, that would be fine.

Yet this is the story of Olivia Pope and her associates. News that this is Abby’s season is a bit disconcerting, because it’s still not putting Olivia at the center, but at least she’s an original cast member who we could stand to learn more about. The tighter the focus is on our main cast, the better. Best of all: letting Olivia’s story be hers, and having others serve that story.

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1st Photo of ABC’s “The View” Hosts Finally Revealed

By Tawanda Cawthon

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ABC has released the first official photo of its new talk show hosts — leading up to its Sept. 15 return of The View.

Whoopi Goldberg will be joined by Rosie O’Donnell — along with newbie cast mates, actress Rosie Perez and former MSNBC analyst Nicolle Wallace – for the show’s 18th season.

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Perez and Wallace have replaced Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.
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